Irwin Mitchell talk at The Saville Club, March 2024

Fine Art and the Law.  Irwin Mitchell and Charles joined forces to discuss some of the key topics in relation to buying, selling, gifting and collecting art, the risks and succession issues.

View the programme: Irwin Mitchell: Fine Art and the Law

Stanhope Capital, The Family Balance Sheet Event, March 2024

This event is designed to update UK families and their advisers each year on the performance and outlook for the most popular asset classes held on their overall balance sheets.

Charles’ presentation on the art market gave an update on 2023 focusing on the complicated use of auction guarantees. He also looked at possible changes to the art market assuming the Labour Party win the next election. 



STEP Guernsey Lecture, May 2023

Charles gave a talk on “Selling and Planning with Art and a Market Update”.  This formed part of the STEP Guernsey Lecture Series.

Bidwells, April 2023

Charles gave a talk to Bidwells, a leading property consultancy firm, on the art market with a focus on selling and planning. 


Stanhope Capital, The Family Balance Sheet Event, February 2023

Stanhope Capital’s annual presentation on how to combine the key asset classes in family balance sheets.  Hosted at Forsters LLP,  this year’s focus was the impact of interest rates on each asset class.  Charles Cochrane’s presentation provided a recap on the 2021/22 auction market and included his thoughts for the year ahead. 

You can watch the event and Charles’ 10 minute presentation (at 51 minutes in)  here


STEP Jersey, Annual Conference, October 2022

This annual day-long international conference brings together all sectors of the Wealth Management industry.  Charles was invited to speak in the Luxury Assets session moderated by Aiden McAvinue of STAK and alongside panelists Niall Husbands (Landytech) and James Haithwaite (IQ-EQ).


Stanhope Capital, The Family Balance Sheet Event, December 2021

This event, held by the wealth Management firm Stanhope Capital and hosted by Forsters, was designed to give families and trustees a brief overview of the key asset classes, how they have performed and the outlook. Charles Cochrane was asked to talk about the art market and recent changes, particularly at auction.

Please use this link for more information about the event and to view the presentations (Charles’ presentation starts at 50mins into the recording).

Informa’s US/UK Tax Planning Conference, Digital Week, November 22-24 2021

The three day digital programme brought together industry-leading speakers to tackle important issues surrounding US and UK tax and estate planning. Chaired by Iain Younger, EY Frank Hirth Ltd., and Mark Summers, Charles Russell Speechlys, the event was designed to facilitate discussion of the key areas affecting the industry today. Cochrane Adams Fine Art Agents were invited to speak on Art and Inheritance.

JTC Asking the Experts: Failure to Sell – A Lifetime on the Shelf, November 2021

Charles speaks with Victoria Blackburn, from JTC’s Private Office, to discuss how to avoid a common pitfall at auction: failure to sell.

Read more here

Stephenson Harwood Art Webinar, July 2021

Charles Cochrane of Cochrane Adams Fine Art Agents was invited by Stephenson Harwood to speak at the art webinar NFTs in the art market – the legal challenges ahead on 5th July.  

Charles spoke about the nature of the market that surrounds NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens). While much of the interest into NFTs has been in legal ownership, tax, regulation, IP rights etc, Charles spoke about the short history of the NFT market and the incredible rise in interest in NFTs through the pandemic at auction.  He contrasts NFT sales and those in the Post War and Contemporary market.

Listen to the recorded seminar here.

McDermott Webinar, October 2020

This unprecedented time of uncertainty and market volatility has affected nearly every industry, including the art world.

Charles Cochrane of Cochrane Adams Fine Art Agents, Rebecca Lockwood of Sotheby’s and Alyssa Quinlan from Hindman Auctions joined McDermott’s Christen Douglas, Nicholas Holland and Jenny Johnson Ware to flag issues you should keep top of mind when considering the acquisition, gifting and disposition of art. In particular, the panel discussed the duties and potential pitfalls of fiduciaries in managing and disposing of art in the best interest of beneficiaries.

The panel also discussed:

  • Issues surrounding the acquisition of art and collections – including concerns with provenance and authenticity
  • Responsible ownership of art – including issues with its legal/beneficial title and display
  • Gifting of art during life and at death to private individuals and charities
  • The sale and disposition of art – including recent developments in the art market, how to decide to pursue a private sale versus auction, and solvency issues with respect to galleries and auction houses

The COVID pandemic has also created a unique strain on museums and galleries. Significantly more museums are deaccessioning their collections, and galleries (especially smaller galleries) are facing insolvency. The panel discussed all of these issues both from a US and a UK perspective.

Watch the discussion here.

Family Balance Sheet, 2020

For the third year running Cochrane Adams Fine Art Agents was involved in the The Family Balance Sheet Event, virtually hosted by Stanhope Capital at KPMG, London. The event was designed to give trustees a brief overview of the key UK asset classes: how they have performed, the outlook and particularly this year, the opportunities thrown up during the UK lockdown. There was also a UK tax overview from KPMG.

Here is the recording of the event. If you would like to watch the art part only you can start that at around 53 minutes. Apologies for the background noise – the trials of a virtual event.

Family Balance Sheet, 2019

We are pleased to announce our involvement for the second year running in The Family Balance Sheet Event, hosted by Stanhope Capital at KPMG, London. The event is designed to update families and their advisers on the performance and outlook for the most popular asset classes held in their overall balance sheets. Similarly to last year, the key characteristics of each asset class will be examined by a specialist from each sector. This year will give particular focus to Responsible Investing.

STEP Guernsey Lecture, February 2019

We were in Guernsey in early 2019 presenting to a packed house of Trustees and those with a fiduciary duty on the need for independent art advice. We looked at: guarantees at auction; private sales; risks and rewards of different sale options, buying and collection management for clients.

JP Morgan Presentation, London, 2019

Charles teamed up with James Carleton of Farrer & Co to talk about the art market and recent developments within it to a gathering of JP Morgan wealth managers from around the world.

Family Balance Sheet, 2018

Stanhope Capital put on an annual presentation on the assets most families, of a certain wealth, will have.  Advisors from different asset classes had ten minutes to give investment/asset advice to families and their advisors:  Cochrane Adams Fine Art Agents spoke on the art market. We were kindly hosted by KPMG at their Mayfair offices with the other presentation in Jersey.  A further series of talks are set for October 2019.

Trustees and the Art Market, Old Government House, Guernsey

After breakfast, Susan Johnson of Bircham Dyson Bell (also ex-Chrisites) went through the legal requirements placed upon Trustees when holding works of art using a case study. Charles explained how they might be satisfied with independent art advice.

Book Launch at Lisson Gallery, June 2018

The Art Collecting Legal Handbook is a must for collectors.

We hosted the London launch of the latest version with Bruno Boesch (co author and instigator of the book) and Farrer & Co at the Lisson Gallery who were showing Jorinde Voigt: Both Sides Now and Joyce Pensate: FORGETABOUTIT.